10 Best Road Trips From Cleveland, Ohio

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Cleveland is a charming city and the second largest town in the state of Ohio. It is a metropolitan offering a unique range of art, culture, and history. From world-class restaurants with likes of the Marble Room Steaks and Raw Bar to popular attractions such as the Cleveland Clinic, this city has a lot to offer than meets the eye. For history and art fanatics, the Cleveland Museum of National History offers the perfect touring zone. Here is where you go to enjoy quality time with family watching full-size exhibits brought back to life. Music lovers, particularly those who love Rock n’ Roll, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will feel like holy grounds. This downtown Cleveland museum has archives of the history of rock music, and other notable features who influenced the music. Enough about the city, here is a list of some of the best road trips from Cleveland, Ohio.

1. Baltimore, MD

Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 (32486335434)
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It is no easy task having your behind glued to the seat for almost 6 hours. That is approximately how long it takes traveling from Cleveland, OH to Baltimore, MD. While on transit covering the 374-mile (606 kilometers) distance, you will not miss exploring major attractions such as the scenic Longwood Gardens, Valley Forge, The Wild, and Gettysburg. Stopping at any one of these attractions is inevitable. That being said, what is the fun of road trips if you don’t get stop ones in a while for some fun, Right?

2. Washington D.C

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It takes a 6-hour drive by car to cover the 368-mile (592 kilometers) trip from Cleveland to Washington, D.C. But if you intend to enjoy yourself more, expect some stop here and there. If you start your trip early enough, you will have more than enough time to take a short tour of the Andy Warhol Museum or the Carnegie Museum of National History both attractions located in Pittsburgh. Upon arrival even before checking-in to your accommodation, the first and most obvious place you would want to visit would be the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, and the iconic Washington Monument.

3. Ferris Lake Wild Forest

Watagh Club Sign
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Prepare to embark on a 6 hour and 30 minutes’ trip sightseeing and enjoying the mystifying scenery while on a 416.5-mile (670.3 kilometers) road trip to Ferris Lake Wild Forest. This pristine road trip destination is a park located in New York. It features over 100 miles (160.9 kilometers) of trails and recreational spots. Among the best sites to explore in this destination include, the Nine Corner Lake, Mud Pond, Ferris Lake, and the Silver Lake Wilderness. These are also the best hiking and camping sites in the area.

4. Green Mountain National Forest

Green Mountain National Forest
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If you are looking for an idea of the perfect destination for an existing road trip, Green Mountain National Forest is a not-so-common resort but is the perfect place for skiing. With likes of Sugarbush Resort, Stratton Mountain Resort, and Hildene-The Lincoln Family Home, this ski resort destination offers a unique opportunity for those seeking fun and a tranquil spot.

5. Boston, MA

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For this road trip, you have to prepare for a few pit stops as it is a journey close to 10 hours. That is how long you will have to travel from Cleveland on a road trip to Boston, MA. Though your journey will be long and tiresome, it will be filled with fun and amazing places to tour on your way. As you depart the city, your journey will take you through, Erie, Dunkirk Rochester in New York, Old Sturbridge Village before arriving at your destination in Boston. As much as the road has many attractions and affairs, Boston also has its share of amazing things to do to keep you and your lot happy, entertained and distracted for hours.

6. Hartford, CT

Hartford Skyline from Great River Park (Cropped)
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Hartford is not just a regular city in Connecticut. It is a place of beauty, culture, and fun. If this vibrant city is your destination, you have prepared to tack the 564-mile (908 kilometers) distance challenge. While in Hartford, tap into the history of the city at the Mark Twain House and Museum or tour the Connecticut Science Center, a short driving dance within the city. It takes nine hours to travel to Boston, this can be a full-day road trip or be split into a two-day road trip. It is definitely a perfect bonding opportunity for friends and family.

7. New York City, NY

Midtown New York City. NY, NY
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A trip to the “Big App” is always a cause for excitement. Even after knowing it will take around 7 hours and 30 minutes covering the 462.7-mile (744.6 kilometers) journey your excitement shall not waiver. New York City offers an abundance of exciting things to do and places to visit. One of the best places to start our adventure is Times Square. This commercial intersection is a popular entertainment center and a tourist site. If you have had enough of the buzzing city, a tranquil picnic at Central Park and the scenic views from the iconic Empire State Building will be worth your trip.

8. Philadelphia, PA

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If you are traveling by car, you will have to part with 7 hours of your time covering the 431.8 miles (694 kilometers) distance to Philadelphia, PA. As you embark on this long road trip, nature roads and builds are not the only things you are going to see. Your journey will take you through Philadelphia where you can make a short stop to marvel at the iconic Liberty Bell, Independence National Historical Park or Philadelphia Museum of Art, a popular art museum showcasing classic artworks.

9. Ocean City, NJ

Ocean City NJ Boardwalk
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Looking to spend a day or two away from home with family or your friends? Ocean City in New Jersey is a good destination that can easily yank you out of the busy city life. Ocean City is known for its strings of beaches, amusement parks, a lively boardwalk with amazing restaurants, eateries, and shops. Yes, Ocean City sounds like an ideal spot to hide from the demanding city life, if you are traveling by car, you have to be willing to journey the 496.6-mile (799.2 kilometers) distance from Cleveland city to this outstanding destination.

10. Charlottesville, VA

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Approximately 7 hours and 30 minutes, that is how long this road trip will take you if you to get to Charlottesville, VA. The journey to your destination will be a long one but full of exciting stops, outstanding scenery and interesting try out spots as you pass through Pittsburgh. When in the city of Charlottesville, places like Charlottesville Downtown Visitors Center will be the first site to welcome you to the city before you head to Downtown Wall to enjoy some shopping.

Embark on the best road trips from Cleveland

If you don’t suffer from motion sickness and you are rather an adventurous soul, then mentioning anything related to road trips will always excite you. Most of the time you might have the intention of going for a road trip but you are stuck on where to go. Here is a carefully selected list of the best places to visit on a long road trip escapade.

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